Submission Guidelines

West Virginia History (WVH) is committed to publishing the best scholarship on the history and culture of the state and its contiguous region. This brief guide for authors and abbreviated style manual is intended for use by contributors to WVH.

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

Please submit your manuscript as a Word file (Times New Roman, 12-point) e-mail attachment. To facilitate our policy of anonymous manuscript review, please go to "Properties" in the document and strip out any identifying information. Do include the title of the submission on the first page. The author's name and address (both postal and e-mail) should appear in a separate Word document, along with a 250-word abstract.

Within the Word file, all lines should be double-spaced and unjustified, including quotations and notes. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length, including endnotes. Document submissions should be half or less the length of articles. Quotations longer than eight lines should be set off from the text by indenting both margins five spaces, but not by single spacing.

Submit your manuscript to as either an attachment, or pasted into a document. Correspondence regarding editorial matters should go to:
Kevin Barksdale, Co-editor ( or
Michael Woods, Co-editor (
Marshall University
Department of History
Harris Hall 116
Huntington, WV 25755
Email:; Phone: (304) 696-2956

The homepage for West Virginia History is

Your manuscript should be justified at the left margin only. Please do not make changes in your electronic file which do not appear in the hard copy. We can accept a limited number of illustrations in either glossy photographs or 300 dpi TIF files. Supply each illustration with a caption, accompanied by a source line and such acknowledgments as are required. Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions in writing before providing them to WVH.